Crowns

Dental crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth and used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem.

About Crowns

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Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that can be placed over your tooth, it restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance, they typically don’t require special care over time other than regular good oral hygiene.

There are actually two uses of the term crown in dentistry, we use the word crown to describe the anatomical portion of each tooth that protrudes out of the gums and bone, the crown of the tooth does not include the tooth’s roots, and in a healthy tooth, enamel covers the entire crown.

A crown may also refer to a specific type of dental restoration that covers the entire anatomical crown of a tooth.

A dental crown typically covers the exposed portion of a tooth (we call this full coverage) and replaces all of its enamel, this means that the edges of a dental crown, called the margin, rest very close to the gum tissues surrounding the tooth, the exact placement of the margin depends on multiple factors that we considers when planning the crown.

In most cases, a dental crown procedure takes two visits, during the first visit, we numbs the area with local anesthesia and removes the damaged portion of the existing tooth—or builds up the tooth to better support the crown, Essentially, we shapes your tooth to fit the crown, either by filing the tooth down or using a filling material to build it back up, note that you may have to undergo a root canal procedure before this step if you have tooth decay or if there is risk of infection.

A tooth may need a dental crown for a wide variety of reasons, because a dental crown replaces the enamel covering of a tooth, a general answer to this question is that a tooth needs a dental crown when the enamel no longer performs its function, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, is the protective coating of a tooth, and without it, the tooth is sensitive to hot and cold, this is why a dental crown preparation typically requires local anesthetic (but it is not necessary when the tooth has a root canal treatment, because there is no longer a nerve inside to feel that discomfort).

So we will take an impression, or mold, of your teeth using impression materials or 3D scanners, the mold is sent to a dental laboratory, where a crown is custom-made to fit the existing tooth, in most cases, you’ll get a temporary crown during this appointment to protect the existing tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made, and this is also why we must cover the tooth with a temporary crown for the time necessary to make the final crown.

A temporary crown insulates the tooth from uncomfortable sensations and holds the space for the final crown.

designed to withstand the thermal, chemical and mechanical forces our teeth undergo when we eat and drink.

In order to make a crown that fits perfectly, we first prepares the tooth itself, preparation involves removal of the enamel layer so that the crown can replace it without making the restoration bulky or uncomfortable.

We also remove any existing decay or filling material, basically, we get down to healthy tooth structure and rebuild from there.

Enamel is susceptible to cracking, acid erosion, and decay (cavities), All of these can lead to the need for a crown.

the dental crown is cemented into place on your tooth and it covers the visible portion of the tooth, so you can be used to cover a broken or decayed tooth when too much of the original tooth is missing, such as after root canal treatment, it can improve the way a decayed or broken tooth looks and make it stronger and longer lasting, They are also used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, and to cover stained or badly shaped teeth or to hold a bridge or denture in place.

There may be some parts of the visit that you find uncomfortable, but you should not experience pain when you receive a dental crown.

We always work to ensure our patient’s are at ease with any procedure using local anesthetic, once your tooth is numb, you should not feel anything during the crown preparation process.

You should expect the tooth to be a little sore and sensitive for the first few days following a dental crown preparation, similar to symptoms following a dental filling, any symptoms should dissipate over a 2-3 week period, so that the tooth feels “normal” when you return for the final crown, your temporary crown should feel comfortable when you bite and smooth to your tongue.

A dental crown can rebuild and preserve your natural tooth, providing you with many more years of healthy chewing function, we take pride in serving each patient with excellence and compassion, our team is here to help you receive any essential dental care in order to maintain great oral health for decades to come for any time.

Maintaining your routine six-month dental checkups and cleanings is especially important if you have a crown.

However, you should contact ToothClinic center immediately if you notice a crown is damaged, worn down or loose,or if you experience increased sensitivity, tooth pain, inflammation or swelling near the crown, as these could be signs of complications that need to be evaluated.

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